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SOME PAPER MAGAZINES REVIEWED
by Richard Karsmakers
Originally this was intended to be a review only of "ST
Handbook", which might altogether have been a bit better as it
would have given them more of the exposure they deserve. However,
I am a firm believer of "a good amount of fairly large articles"
as opposed to "an enormous amount of very small articles" such as
seems to be the trend with some other disk magazines.
Sorry, Victor. You'll have to share this one.
"ST Handbook" Issues 2 and 3
Some good things are happening to the Atari world. One of the
best things, no doubt, is the initiation of a dedicated paper
magazine aimed at ST/TT/Falcon users by the name of "ST
Handbook". Three issues have been released, of which the last two
have been sent to me for appraisal. This article will contain my
"ST Handbook" is a bimonthly magazine made by and for Atari
users on Atari computers. It sets you back £2, for which you
don't only get the magazine itself but also a cover disk packed
with Public Domain and shareware alike.
"ST Handbook" - which I still think is a weird name for a
magazine - spends most of its editorial contents on reviewing
Public Domain and that kind of thing. I like that, because this
is precisely the stuff that usually doesn't get enough attention
in say, the glossies. It is semi-professionally produced,
featuring company profiles, reviews and feature articles as well
as a good lood of advertisements of PD libraries.
Print quality is good, and issue 3 even had some pages with a
support colour. Most articles seem pretty well-written and I
think there is no reason in the world why this publication
shouldn't be taken seriously. There isn't really a lot more I can
say about this, and this review as such was actually written only
to bring its existence to your attention, for I think it's a
splendid initiative well worth your support.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE
Subscriptions can be obtained by sending £12.50 (overseas
£14.50) for a six-issue (one year) subscription, or £6.50
(overseas £7.50) for a three-issue subscription to the address
below. If you're not sure whether you like it you can get a back
issue at £2.50 included p&p. Cheques should be made payable to
Wright & Hayes Graphics.
The address to write to is:
1 Fordhouse Lane
Birmingham B30 2NH
Tel. (021) 459 4340
Issue 3 has a "Ghost Virus A" on its cover disk. No reason for
panic, just check it with a decent virus killer and you'll be
alright. And even if you can't, then the only thing that will
happen is that your mouse pointer will have some movements
reversed. I contacting Wright & Hayes Publishing the moment I
found out, and they didn't quite understand how it got on there.
Anyway, they vouched to take more care next time, which I'm sure
Some time ago a guy whom I knew by no other name rather than
firstname.lastname@example.org asked me on the net if perhaps I'd be interested
in receiving a complimentary copy of his paper magazine, a thing
by the name of "Interesting!".
I am Dutch. We don't have the name of being mean and stingy for
nothing. We are. Also, we like to get our hands on free things,
possibly in copious quantities. The average Dutch person (though
females in particularly) tend to have huge collections of
sugarbags from exquisite restaurants all over the place, and on
the average Dutch person's toilet you will find a small bit of
soap with "Trusthouse Forte Hotels" (or something along those
lines) stamped on it.
In short, we love things that are for free. Some people even go
as far as taking home all table salt and pepper in a doggy bag
("In theory I can use all of it so I paid for it so I can take it
So, to cut a long story short, I mailed back saying "yeah sure,
I had all but forgotten about it when said publication landed on
my doormat (metaphorically, for I haven't got a doormat on the
inside and besides, the mailman just stuffs it in a postbox four
So what is "Interesting!"?
A description can be short. It's "a compilation of things I find
interesting", where "I" is not just "rich24" but actually an
American physician with a knack for writing. His name is Richard
J. Sagall in full.
The Premier Issue consists of 18 A4 pages including the cover.
Stuff printed on those pages will range from interesting quotes
to information you probably didn't know, and magazine reviewettes
and interesting knowledge tidbits.
Did you know, for example, that curry powder is allowed to have
100 insect fragments per 25 grams? And that there can be ten
fruit fly eggs and two maggots in a cup of orange juice (well
mashed, of course)? And those are just a few interesting things
you read. Also, you read that virtually ever paper dollar bill
contains traces of cocaine, how many oz. of sugar there is in
Cola drinks, an interesting list of things that would have been
different if men were the ones that got pregnant and a rather
more critical piece on 'Caller ID'.
Although unmistakably aimed at the American market primarily,
"Interesting!" is really varied and, for lack of a more
appropriate word, really INTERESTING!
And if you add to that the fact that Richard lives in Bangor,
Maine (a place no doubt familiar to some readers of Stephen King
novels) you have something that is definitely worth checking out.
Issues cost US$ 3 a piece. You can create your own subscriptions
by sending a multiple of that amount. For the time being it's a
two-monthly magazine, but eventually Richard hopes to "go
monthly". And you can write yourself, too.
c/o Richard J. Sagall
P.O. Box 1069
Bangor, ME 04402-1069
United States of America
I don't think you'll regret checking this one out.
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.